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« on: March 10, 2013 01:20:16 PM »

So, I've been working on this doll for.. a while now (sigh sigh).  I was just wondering if anyone else was working with La Doll Clay?  I'm not entirely sure how I should protect the clay once she is finished.. I think she would need some sort of thin layer of varnish or something?  Anyways, any tips, criticism are welcome. Oh, and she is about 12" tall (from toe tip to head top), she is kind of tiny and I'm not sure I would recommend doing something this small without more experience (which I totally don't have).  I also made a small rabbit to go along with her.  I have a few more photos of her on my blog, plus some WIP shots and more shots of Lapin on his own:

https://bulbasaureyes.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/diana-the-heir-on-the-moon-and-lapin/



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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2013 06:07:50 PM »

I've been wanting to try something like this myself for a long time but I'm too chicken.  Grin My sculpting ability is kinda bad. But a girl can dream.  I think you've done a great job on her. Love your blog too.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2013 07:54:56 AM »

How is LaDoll? I was going to get that as well but picked up the Creative Paperclay to try out first. It is very soft and a bit of a pain to work with. I too am trying to make a doll so was wondering if LaDoll is a bit firmer while working with? I know I could let the paperclay dry a bit, but then you can't really mold it.   I know there are many sealers out there that you can use. I think I'd go with a non-gloss one myself. I don't know names off the top of my head for them though.

You doll is looking very pretty so far and I'll be checking out your blog.
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2013 10:40:21 AM »

My sculpting ability used to be.. terrible.  I tend to be really impatient with art, and the long wait times, plus long, careful, meticulous arting times.. didn't excite me.  But, once I start working, I LOVE it.  I forget about how dry and uncomfortable my hands are and somehow, despite how much I want to rush and just get it done, I manage to slow down during the sculpting.  I was really surprised with myself, because I really thought I hated it, and that I was bad it.  So I recommend just getting some clay and just doing it, stop dreaming!  Just do!  ^_^

As for my experience with La Doll.. it was amazing to work with when the clay was freshly opened and new.  It was easy to work with, it held shape pretty well, I was also able to use small tools to shape and form it much like polymer clays (which is something I find harder to do with paperclays and other air dry clays, although I have realized that I used to make my clay waaaaay too wet to work with properly so I think I should re-visit some previously failed types).  BUT I kept this clay in a container, for... about a year (which is a tragedy for this great clay).  I had to re-work it A LOT, and the soft, gentleness it had in sculpting before was degraded. The only real problem I had with working with it after it had dried out a bit, was that the finish is a lot more fibrous.  If you look at her closely, you can see little "hairs", which don't seem to smooth away with sanding or.. anything.  Which is why I definitely want to get a sealer for her (preferably matte, but has anyone used a more satin finish?). 
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2013 07:09:21 AM »

How fragile is the finished product? Would you say it is strong enough you could make a toy for a child with it, or is it more for display type dolls/things?

I was just reading on the product site that you can use acrylic sealers on LaDoll. I know there are spray and paint types, so you have plenty of choices. I like Liquitex products myself.
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2013 10:01:30 AM »

This one is definitely display only (especially her hands are fragile, I broke her first pair).  But I think that the clay has the potential to be a very sturdy clay that could withstand a child's play.  I would recommend working bigger, or thicker (haha).  But, I haven't put any sealant on this yet, so I"m not sure if she will feel "less breakable" once I do. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2013 08:41:22 AM »

I think a satin or matte finish acrylic sealer would do fine. What you want is something with low tack - i.e., that won't get sticky in humidity. Golden Acrylics makes a lot of gels and mediums for just about any purpose. Also Mod Podge has expanded their line.

I think, too, if your clay has similar properties to a paperclay to begin with, as you describe, it will be more likely to absorb a little of the sealant so tackiness should be less of an issue anyway.

I have to say, as someone who likes bunnies, that Lapin is adorable!   Cheesy

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